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"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success." -Ernest Shackleton
The 27 men who joined his expedition found that Ernest Shackleton was true to his word. They had drifted with the pack ice of the Weddell Sea for ten months, their ship - the Endurance - had sunk, and they were castaways in one of the most hostile environments on earth, hundreds of miles from land. And so, with his dream of becoming the first man to cross Antarctica long abandoned, Shackleton set his mind to a far greater challenge: bringing his crew safely home.
Based on the detailed diaries and first-person accounts of expedition members, SHACKLETON tells the true story of their extraordinary ordeal, and the death-defying, 800-mile journey in an open boat across the world's worst seas that made their rescue possible. Written and directed by Charles Sturridge (Longitude, Brideshead Revisited), SHACKLETON stars Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet) as the legendary explorer.
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After camping beside their stranded vessel and watching it sink, the contingent must drag three small boats a great distance in dreadful weather, then row 800 miles to Elephant Island. Shackleton and a select few navigate one of these to South Georgia while the others hunker down.
A fascinating story of survival under the harshest of conditions is brought to life by an excellent cast. Highly recommended.
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(7.7) Shackleton (UK-2002) - Kenneth Branagh/Phoebe Nicholls/Matt Day/Ken Drury/Eve Best/Corin Redgrave
Shackleton and his men travel to Argentina and thence to Antarctica via the aptly-named sailing ship Endurance. It becomes trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea for nearly a year before it is crushed. The men recover what they can before the ship goes down, then camp on the drifting floes for months while killing their dogs for food. They finally set off on foot, pulling lifeboats and supplies through ghastly weather until the ice starts to break up. After five days at sea, they reach Elephant Island, but it is far from shipping lanes. The groups' chances of discovery or rescue are extremely slim.
Their leader determines that they must save themselves by attempting an incredibly risky 800-mile open-sea crossing to South Georgia Island. After two weeks of fierce storms, they make the island by dint of exceptional navigation, but even then, their survival depends on trudging across its mountains to find a whaling station.Read more ›
nice and long movie. the first part may be little boring to some people but still it is a character build-up part. the real excitement is in the second part. good acting and actors throughout the movie. main actor is superb. I am glad I've bought the movie. It should stay in my library.
I really wish movie makers and directors work on another Shackleton project with today's technology, sound and visual effects, new cast members,etc. There are many stories within this voyage adventure and it can be as good as 1997 Titanic movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent mini series on this incredible adventure.
Shackleton did not lose a man, WWI took care of that. Read more
Watched this prior to going to Antarctica recently. Really well done on an amazing story.Published 3 months ago by Glen D. Bolger
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917 (the Endurance Expedition) is a complicated story to narrate on film, given that it had so many dimensions and moving parts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary Lee
second disc completely unusable, scratched, stops at many points, couldn't even use it, wouldn't play, visibly marred upon receiptPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit too much backstory for my taste, though I'm, sure that some viewers might actually prefer the backstory. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fred
Sir Earnest Shackleton was a British Antarctic explorer who mounted an expedition to cross the frozen continent. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph M. Reninger
Wanted the documentary I saw a couple of years ago, but this isn't it. It's a movie, and way too much time is spent on activities before the adventure.Published 8 months ago by Susabella
I like the movie, very close to the Lansing's book Endurance and Shackleton's South. There some important moments that were cut out of the movie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charls